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Contact event jointly hosted by Switzerland and Austria

From 16 to 21 September 2019, Switzerland and Austria will be hosting a contact event for military representatives from 27 OSCE member states. In Switzerland, the representatives will visit the Wichlen (Glarus) and Hinterrhein (Graubünden) tank firing ranges, take part in a demonstration of the new armoured vehicle-launched bridge system in Thun (Bern), and visit the Payerne air base (Vaud). By hosting a contact event every five years, the Swiss Armed Forces are fulfilling their obligations under the Vienna Document 2011, and are contributing to confidence and security-building in Europe.

16.09.2019 | Defence Communication

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As a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Switzerland is required under the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence and Security-Building Measures (VD11) to host a contact event every five years. These events include a visit to an active air base, a military facility or unit and, if applicable, the demonstration of newly introduced major weapon systems or equipment.

Contact events are a part of the OSCE’s politico-military dimension: transparency measures and mutual trust contribute to crisis prevention, security and stability in Europe. Austria and Switzerland are applying this principle in close partnership with one another.

The Swiss Armed Forces will be hosting this contact event in cooperation with the Austrian Armed Forces from 16 to 21 September 2019. Up to 48 military representatives from the various OSCE member states, along with representatives of the OSCE and other international organisations, are expected to attend. The event will start on 16 September in Austria (Linz). The Swiss part of the contact event (17-19 September) will include a tour of the military facilities at the Hinterrhein and Wichlen tank firing ranges, a demonstration of the new armoured vehicle-launched bridge system in Thun, and finally a visit to the Payerne air base. The demonstration of the bridge-launching system will be carried out in cooperation with Germany. On Friday, 20 September, the final items on the agenda are a visit to an Austrian military facility and the closing event in Linz. The visiting representatives will return home from Vienna on Saturday, 21 September.
 

For further information, please contact:
Daniel Reist
Head of Media Relations Defence
+41 58 464 48 08